On Thicker Plane Blades.

I bought a Lie-Nielsen blade for my antique Stanley #4 USA a few  years ago but always seemed to prefer using my Record 030 without really knowing why.

The other day I was trying to fettle the #4 because the shavings were clogging up in the mouth, something that never happened before.  I first lapped the chipbreaker on the back surface so that it seated flush with blade, and then I stropped the front edge to allow shavings to flow over unhindered.  This didn’t work.

I then tried moving the frog forwards and backwards-this didn’t work either.  Too far forward & the plane mouth closed up, and too far backwards and I couldn’t adjust the blade downwards-the adjustment screw reached its limit.

There was only one thing left to do.  I moved the chipbreaker further back along the blade, leaving a much larger gap.  This seemed to work fine, even though I’ve read that the gap has to be much smaller.  Maybe Stanley planes were not designed to take other blades?

Aside: In the background of the 1st picture is a Paul Sellers-inspired hand tool applicator.  take home-use machine (inorganic) oil only!

Temporary Handplane Cupboard

I had a choice.  Either keep my handplanes in my existing steel cabinet where they were hard to reach, and kept bumping into the steel top and each other every time I took them out.  Or wait a few years before I had the necessary skills to make a proper hand-tool storage cupboard.  The third option was a plywood open box assembled with rebates and glue. The shelves rest on cleats which were screwed into the sides.  I may or may not put a door later.  If I put a face frame, it will only be for the practice.  It took half a day to assemble, my planes are not touching each other and easy & quickly accessible, so as to allow me to get onto the real thing-making furniture.  I must say it does look ugly, so I do prescribe to the aesthetic thing when it comes to some tools as well as tool storage.  But I do have instant gratification with this cupboard.  I suppose finding that balance will always be necessary.

In terms of classification, I put the two jointers on top as they are too long to fit into the space.  next come the block and shoulder planes.  then the fore planes-scrub, fore and #5.  Then all the smoothers and scraping planes.  Finally the plough and rebate planes are at the bottom.  I have used up 60% of the cupboard so I may put a drawer and a lower compartment for storage later.